All of the following quotes are from Shakespeare’s plays. Some wise, some comical; they are all marked with genius. Many of Shakespeare’s quotes have remained with us today and are commonly used sayings. People often underestimate what this great writer gave us. This list of best Shakespeare quotes tries to give you a taste of some of the Bards wonderful way with words. For more information on Shakespeare click here.
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Courage, man; the hurt cannot be much.
Romeo and Juliet
Here comes lean Jack, here comes bare-bone.
How now, my sweet creature of bombast!
How long is’t ago, Jack, since thou sawest thine own knee?
Henry IV (Part I)
And pity, like a naked newborn babe
Striding the blast, or heaven’s cherubim, horsed
Upon the sightless couriers of the air
Shall blow the horrid deed in every eye,
That tears shall drown the wind.
Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win,
By fearing to attempt.
Measure for Measure
My tongue will tell the anger of my heart
The Taming of the Shrew
This above all: to thine own self be true,
and it must follow, as the night the day,
thou canst not then be false to any man.
Better a witty fool than a foolish wit
If I prove honey-mouth’d, let my tongue blister
The Winter’s Tale
…upon the next tree shalt thou hang alive, till famine cling thee.
The course of love never did run smooth
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Conscience does makes cowards of us all
Have more than thou showest,
Speak less than thou knowest,
Lend less than thou owest.
The world’s mine oyster
The Merry Wives of Windsor
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and
some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.”
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard.
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.